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New properties of light in metamaterials
Author(s): Shanhui Fan; Jonghwa Shin; Jung-Tsung Shen
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Paper Abstract

Maxwell's equations describe the classical electromagnetic properties of all systems, including metamaterials, which are periodic and highly inhomogeneous. In studies of metamaterials, however, one typically further assumes that their low-frequency properties are described by Maxwell's equations in an equivalent homogenous medium. Hence, tremendous recent efforts have focused on discovering structures with unusual properties in electrical permittivity and magnetic permeability tensors. Here we offer an alternative viewpoint, by designing three-dimensional metamaterials, which may be best described by effective uniform media that is non-Maxwellian. In the low-frequency limit, these metamaterials support multi-component effective fields, with the numbers of field-components designable by geometry. Our work indicates that the physics of metamaterials is far richer than previously anticipated. In particular, new effective low-energy theory with high symmetry can emerge from topological complexity alone.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2007
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6581, Metamaterials II, 658107 (4 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.724178
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Shanhui Fan, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Jonghwa Shin, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Jung-Tsung Shen, Stanford Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6581:
Metamaterials II
Vladimir Kuzmiak; Peter Markos; Tomasz Szoplik, Editor(s)

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